Victoria’s Camp Manyung ropes course wins universal design international award

Men on Camp Manyung ropes courrse

Australia’s first universally designed ropes course at Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza, was today acknowledged with a Golden award in the Tourism/Inclusive Culture/Mobility category at this year’s International Association for Universal Design Awards in Japan.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence in the use of Universal Design principals across a range of applications and settings from commercial to recreational.

The Camp Manyung ropes course is set in the tree-tops of Mt Eliza and allows participants, whatever their ability, the chance to choose how they travel around course.

For example they may choose to use a scooter, skate board, bike or the ‘Cloud Rider’. The Cloud Rider is a specially designed wheel chair, purpose built for the ropes course and the first of its kind in Australia.

The course was funded by the Victorian Government and YMCA Victoria as part of a shared commitment to a universal philosophy of providing equal opportunity for everyone to participate in outdoor activity.

Last month the course also won an award at the 2016 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation awards.

Camp Manyung is one of five recreation camps across the state owned by the Victorian Government and run by the YMCA giving all Victorians the chance to re-connect with the great outdoors.

For more information visit Camp Manyung